Video: Florida Gunman Shoots At School Board Before Shooting Himself

This video contains very disturbing footage. What is striking is how brave and calm the school board members, particularly Bay City Schools Superintendent Bill Husfelt, prove under pressure. The gunman has been identified as Clay A. Duke.

At one point, a female school board member [Ginger Littleton] who was allowed to leave returned to try to take the gun away. This looks like a case of “suicide by cop” to me.

After security guard Mike Jones wounded Duke, he appears to have shot himself.

I think the video shows members doing precisely what they should do in such a circumstance. The only exception would be Littleton, who was clearly quite brave. It was unlikely that she could overpower Duke and could have caused the gun to go off while it was pointing at the other board members. I also thought it was a commendable act of restraint by the officer not to simply come in firing. He waited to see if the gunman could be persuaded by the board members and only acted when the gunman fired toward the chair. There is an abundance of courage shown by people in this video.

According to this report, Duke’s wife was fired and claimed a violation of her employment rights, but never filed suit. Police have reported that Duke appears to have planned the attacks — circling the date on his calendar.

Nevertheless, this is a remarkably sad video and a sad statement of our times in his economy.

69 thoughts on “Video: Florida Gunman Shoots At School Board Before Shooting Himself”

  1. You just give what you get, eh, Chan-troll?

    Did it ever occur to you that the reason you get no compassion is that you give none? Did it ever occur to you the reason you catch so much crap is that all you ever give are crappy self-serving venal ideas?

    No? That would require rational thought, wouldn’t it.

    Again – your attacks on me are nothing but an indicator of my victory. I have made the champions of bad ideas angry. Your castle has a foundation of sand.

    But please continue.

    Foam at the mouth some more.

    It makes me laugh.

    To be clear, that would be laughing at you, not with you.

  2. Chan L.

    I have *no* right or standing to tell you how or what to post in the normal course of discussion. I just think that posting what you did in the aforementioned post is very counterproductive and ill conceived. If you and others here want to continue the discussions, I cannot object; however, there are certain instances–like your previous post–when I will comment to ensure that someone does not think that I accept or agree with what was written, if I had otherwise chosen to remain silent.

    You have at least the same rights to this fine blawg as I have.

  3. Buddha is Laughing:

    “Now, next time you poke the bear and get bit? Don’t bitch about it. And here’s a little secret . . . you’re either born with a conscience or not.

    Good luck shopping.”

    How do you know you are born with a conscience? That is a pretty bold statement and indicates a belief in pre-destination.
    You a mystic buddy? Yeah you are, in the end a mystic and a warrior.

  4. Mespo727272:

    “Why waste another precious second debating Chan L. who comes to this intellectual fire-fight with a pop gun?”

    Is that quote from Dr. Seuss?

  5. FFLEO:

    Just imitating what I see a good many people here do. I certainly know I dont have the credetials. Do they?

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